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January 31, 2020            

Poland, Lithuania add brigades near US presence to reinforce border with Russia

Poland and Lithuania each have agreed to dedicate brigades to a swath of land where U.S. troops also have been dispatched to strengthen allied defenses near Russia.

The two neighbors held their first bilateral defense council meeting to address joint concerns about air defenses, military mobility and the reinforcement of Poland’s Suwalki Gap, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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More countries participate in international cyber exercise

A NATO-accredited entity said they reached new levels of cooperation during the organization’s annual cyber exercise, an event that combined technical skills with kinetic force and the input of Cyber Commands’ members.

This year, over 120 technical experts, Special Forces and military operators worked to test the skills needed to execute a cyber operation, including the testing of offensive cyber capabilities.

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First Lithuanian-Polish Defence Council to be held in Vilnius

Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis and Minister of National Defence of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak will discuss concrete steps to strengthen regional – security cooperation of the respective armed forces on ensuring defendability of the Suwalki Gap, possibilities to integrate national airspace and defence systems, and the need to retain a continuous U.S. presence in the region – at the first meeting as the Lithuanian-Polish Defence Council in Vilnius.

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The President and the First Lady honored the Holocaust victims in Poland

President Gitanas Nausėda and First Lady Diana Nausėdienė are on a visit to Oswiecim in Poland, to attend the commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The ceremony held in tribute to the  victims was attended by state and international organization-leaders, including leaders of 50 countries, members of royalty, representatives of governments as well as ambassadors.

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Ten Tears of Sustainable Growth              |              Credits @ Invest Lithuania

Global Defense Contractor NBC Security to begin operations in Lithuania

NBC Security, Inc., a global defense applications firm, has announced its decision to commence operations in Lithuania under the name UAB “Baltic Defense Industries”. The company has established a new office in Kaunas and plans to open a facility for the manufacturing of products for the global defense and law enforcement agencies.

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BitDegree to compete for 1M EUR in the finals of EIC Horizon Prize for Blockchains for Social Good

BitDegree Scholarships solution was selected to appear among the 23 finalists in Brussels, competing in five categories for a 5 million EUR prize fund. BitDegree has developed the first-ever transparent P2P blockchain system for scholarships tied to educational outcomes. Now, anyone can get paid to learn at

The EIC Horizon prize ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ focuses on scalable, efficient, and high-impact decentralized solutions to social innovation challenges using blockchain technology.

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Technology Developers Have Created 7 Innovative Products at Open Data Hackathon

During the hackathon “Hacker Games. Open Data”, 50 tech enthusiasts formed teams and, using the opened up data of the public sector, created 7 innovative products. The tourism promotion, pupil engagement and university search products were recognized as the products with the greatest potential.

During the 48-hour hackathon, the participants had to develop innovative products or services to solve the problems of Vilnius city or, based on open data from institutions, they had to raise problems by themselves and to find solutions for them.

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Two countries, one production line – efficiency and a shared talent pool

The automotive market remains an extremely challenging and demanding industry for the lucky few that are able to respond pro-actively and always be one step ahead. Despite the challenges, Klaipėda holds a strong position for automotive businesses established here. One such example – Malmar – an experienced automotive business player has been operating in Klaipėda for over a year now. A family-owned company is putting down its roots and looking for new people to join the team. Dorsan De Buysscher, the owner of Malmar reveals the reasons behind the decision to choose Klaipėda as a location for its second factory.

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The Invisible Team: an inside look on the Zalgiris organization
|              Credits @ BC Zalgiris Kaunas

Zebriunas’ film “The Girl and the Echo” to be screened in France

Arūnas Žebriūnas’ film The Girl and the Echo (1964) was acquired for distribution in France. This is second restored Lithuanian classic film to be screened in French cinemas, Lithuanian film center informs.

The Lithuanian Film Center has extended cooperation with French distribution company ED Distribution by signing an agreement for the distribution of the film in all French-speaking territories in Europe. In 2018, ED Distribution acquired distribution rights for Žebriūnas’ film The Beauty (lit. Gražuolė, 1969).

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Vilnius among Europe’s healthiest capital cities

Lithuania's capital city Vilnius has been named as the healthiest in the region of Central–Eastern Europe.

Recent analysis by, a UK-based health consultancy, has found that Vilnius ranks seventh of Europe’s 46 capitals, the Lithuanian city securing 169 points (the less points a city received, the healthier it is), scoring best in Central–Eastern Europe in terms of air quality and the highest in the continent in offering its residents high-quality green spaces.

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Following on from Lithuania being crowned as emerging Europe’s best-performing country when it comes to making progress in the fight against climate change, the country’s capital has now been named as the healthiest in the region. Recent analysis by, a UK-based health consultancy, has found that Vilnius ranks seventh of Europe’s 46 capitals, the Lithuanian city securing 169 points (the less points a city received, the healthier it is), scoring best in emerging Europe in in terms of air quality and the highest in the continent in offering its residents high-quality green spaces. Photo credits: M. Jovaiša

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February 6
God was an artist

National library invites to a screening of film director Vytautas Tinteris musical "God was an artist". Film will also include 8 music videos from the new experimental album.

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February 11
Digital Lithuania Academy Forum #2: (Un)protected data

Today, digital transformation is a bonding part of both, public and private sectors. But are we ready for the digital future? Digital Forum invites to discuss digital content, security, data literacy and more.

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Explore Vilnius in 3D

|              Credits @ Delfi

Young engineer from Malaysia challenged herself for an internship in Vilnius

When you think about sunny and tropical Malaysia here in Lithuania, it is hard to imagine the decision to swap 26-degree Celsius climate to the rainy and cloudy Vilnius. But not for Xin Jo - driven by the passion for tech, she decided to quit her comfort zone and to travel more than 8,000 kilometres to VGTU "LinkMenų fabrikas".

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Moment from an event to commemorate the Internationl Holocaust Remembrance Day

Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas / MFA

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